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Best in Aboriginal Music Crowned at 2011 APCMAs

November 5, 2011 11:24 AM | Entertainment

Hosts Lorne Cardinal and Kyle Nobess ham it up at the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Awards on Friday, November 4, 2011 at MTS Centre. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — It was a star-studded night at MTS Centre Friday as the best in Aboriginal music was honoured during the 6th annual Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards.

The awards show was part of the Manito Ahbee Festival, a four-day event to highlight Aboriginal music, art and culture.

Nominees began the night by walking the red carpet and getting their turn in the spotlight before the live show, which was aired on APTN to a national audience. About 4,000 fans attended the awards in person.

Lorne Cardinal and Kyle Nobess were hosts for the evening. Highlights included Errol Ranville being honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award, while winners in nine other categories were crowned.

One of the big winners of the evening was up-and-comer singer/songwriter Ali Fontaine. The 17-year-old from Sagkeeng First Nation picked up wins for Best Country CD and Best New Artist, while at the same time riding a wave of success from her chart-topping hit “Runaway.”

“It’s a little hard to believe right now. I was excited just to be nominated and to get to walk the red carpet,” Fontaine said. “And now I have won two of my three nominations — it’s a dream!”

And the winners are…

Best Country CD
Ali Fontaine — Sagkeeng, Manitoba (self-titled)

Best Rap / Hip Hop CD
Winnipeg’s Most — Winnipeg, Manitoba (GoodFellaz)

Best Pow Wow CD — Contemporary
Black Bear — Manawan, Quebec (Out of Hibernation)

Best Pow Wow CD — Traditional
Blackstone — Duffield, Alberta (Live in Alexis)

Best New Artist
Ali Fontaine — Sagkeeng, Manitoba

Single of the Year
Winnipeg’s Most — Winnipeg, Manitoba (Don’t Stop)

Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year
Derek Miller — Six Nations, Ontario (Stoned for Days)

Aboriginal Male Entertainer of the Year
Derek Miller — Six Nations, Ontario

Aboriginal Female Entertainer of the Year
Leela Gilday — Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

First-round winners…

Best Duo or Group
Winnipeg’s Most — Winnipeg, Manitoba

Best Producer / Engineer
Winnipeg’s Most — Winnipeg, Manitoba

Best Music Video
Winnipeg’s Most — Winnipeg, Manitoba (All That I Know)

Best Aboriginal Music Radio Station / Program
Think NDN — Vancouver, British Columbia

Best Album Cover Design
Winnipeg’s Most — Winnipeg, Manitoba (GoodFellaz)

Best Folk / Acoustic CD
Little Hawk — Winnipeg, Manitoba (Vigilance)

Best Flute CD
Jacob Pratt — Regina, Saskatchewan (Eagle Call)

Best Fiddle CD
Mark Morrisseau — St. Francois Xavier, Manitoba (Favourites)

Best Peyote CD
Kelly Daniels — Saskatton, Saskatchewan (Blessing From A Hummingbird)

Best Instrumental CD
Vince Fontaine — Winnipeg, Manitoba (Songs for Turtle Island)

Best Hand Drum CD
Big River Cree — Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (Stand By Me)

Best Rock CD
Bruthers of Different Muthers — Winnipeg, Manitoba (Speakers of Tomorrow)

Festivities will continue today and Sunday at MTS Centre with the International Competition Pow Wow, and Indigenous Marketplace and Trade Show.

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